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Upcoming Events

Guest Lecture | The Sea is History: Discourses on the Poetics of Relation

May 23, 2019 |  2:00 pm | University of Oslo, Museum of Cultural History  — Oslo, Norway

The Sea is History: Discourses on the Poetics of Relation explores themes related to postcolonial discourse. Participants have been invited to reflect on the sea and its influence on migration as a fluid, open-ended, and unresolved cultural discourse, particularly in terms of the struggle to address social inequality. Grace Aneiza Ali will be presenting “Artistic Responses to Crossing the kala pani (Hindi for ‘dark waters’).”



Art Talk | Miora Rajaonary, Claude Grunitsky, & Grace Aneiza Ali

June 6, 2019 |  6:30 pm | Pen and Brush  — New York, NY

Join Women’s Work artist Miora Rajaonary, media and culture entrepreneur Claude Grunitsky, and curator Grace Aneiza Ali for a conversation about Rajaonary’s Lamba series, featuring portraits of intergenerational women regally donned in a traditional garment of Malagasy society. Women’s Work: Art & Activism in the 21st Century takes as a point of anti-departure, Oxford Dictionary’s definition of women’s work as: “Work traditionally and historically undertaken by women, especially tasks of a domestic nature such as cooking, needlework, and child rearing.”



Past Events

Curator | Women’s Work: Art & Activism in the 21st Century 

Opening reception on April 10, 2019 |  6:00-8:00pm | Pen and Brush  — New York, NY

Women’s Work: Art & Activism in the 21st Century takes as a point of anti-departure, Oxford Dictionary’s definition of women’s work as: “Work traditionally and historically undertaken by women, especially tasks of a domestic nature such as cooking, needlework, and child rearing.” The exhibition presents five global contemporary artists-activists who continue to expand this definition and expose its complexity, nuance, and ever-evolving nature. Through dynamic art practices, they generously lend their intelligence, thoughtfulness, artistry, and agency to reimagine women’s work as arts activism in the 21st century. Featuring the works of Sama Alshaibi, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Suchitra Mattai, Miora Rajaonary, and Ming Smith.



Speaker | What’s Left Behind: Artists, Archives, and the Preservation of a Legacy 

October 24, 2018 |  6:00-8:00pm | Michael Rosenfeld Gallery  — New York, NY

Pellom McDaniels III, Ph.D. is the curator of African American collections in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University. Grace Aneiza Ali is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Art & Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU and a Curator. Join them for a conversation about art, archives, and preserving a legacy. Reception to follow.


Speaker | I Even Regret Night: Verses from Indenture [Guyana Modern]

Monday October 29, 2018 | 6:30-8:30pm |  A/P/A Institute at NYU — New York, NY

Join us for a reading from I Even Regret Night: Holi Songs of Demerara, which chronicles the “interior lives of indentured men” on the sugar plantations of British Guiana. Bahadur, who wrote the book’s introduction, and award-winning Indo-Caribbean poet and translator Rajiv Mohabir, who completed its translation, will be in conversation with Grace Aneiza Ali. [View: The Immigrant Issue]


Guest Lecture | “Caribbean Writing, Reggae, and Routes”  

November 12, 2018 |  New York University — New York, NY

This course taught by Professor Tao Goffe provides an introduction to the cultural, racial, and linguistic diversity of Caribbean literature and culture. From rudeboys to colonial spy thrillers, students will explore the meaning of diaspora, and the relationship between routes of passage and the roots of cultures. Grace Aneiza Ali will be guest lecturing.


Speaker | “Brooklyn’s Guyana”  

November 20, 2018 |  6:30-8:00pm |  Brooklyn Historical SocietyBrooklyn, NY

While Brooklyn is widely known as home to one of the largest Caribbean diasporas in the world, lesser known is the presence of the Guyanese-American community, the 5th largest immigrant community in NYC. Join three of Guyana’s leading female literary voices to explore the politics and role of migration in Brooklyn’s dynamic community. Gaiutra Bahadur (Coolie Woman), Natalie Hopkinson (A Mouth is Always Muzzled), and Rosalind Kilkenny McLymont (The Guyana Contract). Moderated by Grace Aneiza Ali.  [View: The Guyana Issue]  


Speaker | “Envisioning Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man in Contemporary Art”  

October 19, 2018 |  5:30-6:30pm | The Courtauld Institute of Art — London, UK

The Art of the Invisible aims to investigate artistic strategies for the invisible, across disciplinary, chronological, geographical, and medial boundaries. This interdisciplinary conference will bring together a variety of speakers to examine the problems and strategies for visualising the invisible, providing answers across these boundaries. Ali will speak on the topic, “Envisioning Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Men.”



Visiting Curator | City Wide Open Studios 

October 6, 2018 |  Artspace New Haven — New Haven, CT

We will have four visiting curators for each City Wide Open Studios weekend who will visit artist studios. Every participating artist will be considered for a studio visit. Curators include Grace Aneiza Ali, Assistant Professor and Provost Faculty Fellow in the Department of Art & Public Policy at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Ali’s curatorial research practice and exhibitions center on socially engaged art practices as well as contemporary art of the Caribbean and its diaspora. [View: The Guyana Issue]  


Curator | Dreaming Guyana

September 4 – October 6, 2018 |  Queens Central LibraryJamaica, NY

Dreaming Guyana features four artists of Guyanese heritage who, via photography, explore their intimate relationship between migration and homeland. These four artists, Khadija Benn, Dominque Hunter, Michael Lam, and Karran Sahadeo, examine how a “homeland” can be both fixed and unfixed, a constantly shifting idea and memory, and a physical place and a psychic space. Exhibition curated by Grace Aneiza Ali.  [View: The Guyana Issue]  


Speaker | Daughters of Hypatia: Women as Art Critics, Historians, Teachers, and Theorists

June 26-27 2018 | Christie’s — New York, NY

Women’s contributions as creators of art have been a frequent focus of interest in recent decades; yet less attention has been paid to their work as shapers of the fields of art and art history through the written word.  A particular focus of this session at the Christie’s Education Conference will be the impact women art writers had, not only in seeking to transform some aspect of the art world, but also in bringing greater attention to social justice issues. With speaker Grace Aneiza Ali.  [View: The Immigrant Issue]



Speaker | Guyanese Cultural Festival

Saturday May 26, 2018 | 11:00am – 4:00pm | Central Library Jamaica, NY

In honor of Guyana’s Independence Day, join Queens Library in celebrating the rich and diverse culture of Guyana. The event will feature performances by local musicians and dancers, film screenings, traditional costumes, and more. Meet Guyanese-Americans professor Grace Aneiza Ali and TV reporter Jennifer Bisram, plus watch Payalia Dance Company collaborate with International Dancer Zaman and Radha Singh and band. [View: The Guyana Issue]  


Curator | In/Visible: Portraits of Farmers and Spice Porters  

June 7 – September 7, 2018 |  NYU Kimmel GalleriesNew York, NY

“In/Visible: Portraits of Farmers and Spice Porters of India” includes 13 black and white portraits of Indian women farmers from several states in India and migrant “Porters of Taste” in Old Delhi’s spice market. Sarah K. Khan—a Pakistani-American multimedia artist and scholar with a practice focused on food, culture, women, and migrants—shot the portraits over the course of a year from 2014 to 2015. The exhibition is curated by Grace Aneiza Ali, faculty member in the department of Art & Public Policy at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. [View: The Immigrant Issue]


Speaker | A Mouth is Always Muzzled: Book Signing and Talk with Natalie Hopkinson

Tuesday May 22, 2018 | 6:00-8:00pm | Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute — New York, NY

In the spirit of John Berger and Bell Hooks, former Washington Post journalist and current Howard University professor Natalie Hopkinson meditates on art as protest and the role of beauty in politically perilous times in A MOUTH IS ALWAYS MUZZLED: Six Dissidents, Five Continents, and the Art of Resistance. Ms. Hopkinson will be in conversation with curator, scholar, and professor Grace Aneiza Ali about her newly released book. [View: The Guyana Issue]  



Moderator | Reel Impact: En el Séptimo Día  

Tuesday May 1, 2018 | 7:30pm | Brooklyn Academy of MusicBrooklyn, NY

En el Séptimo Día is a timely, compassionate, often humorous look at life in New York as an undocumented Mexican immigrant. Shot on the streets of Brooklyn, En El Séptimo Día vividly captures the struggles and camaraderie that binds this community together in a universally relevant story of fortitude and dignity. Post-screening discussion with Francis Madi, manager of advocacy at New York Immigration Coalition and Juan Carlos Ruiz, Rev. and cofounder of New Sanctuary Movement. Moderated by Grace Aneiza Ali. [View: The Immigrant Issue]


Moderator | Reel Impact: The Stairs  

Thursday April 12, 2018 | 7:30pm | Brooklyn Academy of MusicBrooklyn, NY

This empathic look at social work and life on the margins tells the story of Marty, a former drug addict; Greg, a victim of police violence; and Roxanne, a former sex worker. Shot over the course of five years, The Stairs is a raw, nuanced portrait of addiction, poverty, and social injustice told through subjects that are as surprising as they are funny and moving. Post-screening panel discussion with Kassandra Frederique, New York State Director at Drug Policy Alliance; Terrell Jones, Outreach & Advocacy Program Manager at New York Harm Reduction Educators; and Hugh Gibson, Director of The Stairs. Moderated by Grace Aneiza Ali.


Visually Speaking: The Lost & Found Photographs 

Thursday April 5, 2018 | 7:30-9:30pm | Brooklyn Public LibraryBrooklyn, NY

Imagine photographs splashed across the street or part of everyday wants of a flea market. Now imagine putting a value of significance to this lost & found archive of misnomer imagery. Who, what, when and why? are the descriptives that come to mind. Join us for this edition of Visually Speaking as it explores this work and its dynamics through the words of photographers Adreinne Waheed and Zun Lee. Moderated by Grace Ali.


Speaker | Women, Art & Activism in the 21st Century  

Monday March 26, 2018 | Noon | National Endowment for the ArtsWashington, DC

A conversation with Grace Aneiza Ali and “A Mouth is Always Muzzled” author Natalie Hopkinson about how women artists, globally, have used their artistic practices to tackle pressing social justice and human rights issues of our time.  [View: The Girls Issue]


Moderator | A Night of Guyanese Film  

Thursday March 24, 2018 | 6:30pm | Brooklyn Public LibraryBrooklyn, NY

The Inaugural Queens College Alumni Association of New York (QCAANY) Film Showcase features a selection of Guyanese short films curated by Romola Lucas of Caribbean Film Academy (CaFa). A panel discussion among producers and artists will be moderated by Grace Ali, founder and editorial director of OF NOTE. [View: The Guyana Issue]


Speaker | Art Talk: Explore a Career in the Creative Arts

Thursday February 8, 2018 | 10:30am-Noon | Queen’s CollegeGeorgetown, Guyana

In this inter-generational conversation, Guyanese-American curator Grace Aneiza Ali, who has been working with artists in Guyana as well as its diaspora, and Georgetown-based artists Khadija Benn, Dominque Hunter and Bernadette Persaud will present on the history of Guyanese women artists, including their own art practices and share with students advice on the possibilities for young women and girls to pursue their own careers in the arts as artists, arts writers, arts professors and curators. Part of the Queens College Alumni Association of New York (QCAANY) Student Conference. [View: The Guyana Issue]


Fulbright Film Series: The Gun Shop 

Wednesday February 7, 2018 | 7:30pm | Alamo Drafthouse CinemaBrooklyn, NY

Fulbright Film Series (FFS) is proud to host the New York area premiere of The Gun Shop, a fixed-rig documentary about Freedom Firearms in Battle Creek, MI. Prior to the film, photographer Kathy Shorr and painter Kadie Salfi from OF NOTE magazine’s The Gun Issue will question each other about their work addressing guns. Images from Shorr’s SHOT (which focuses attention on survivors of gun violence), and from Salfi’s work featuring guns spanning two decades, will be projected during their conversation. [View: The Gun Issue]


Guest Lecture | Art Talk: Curating Exhibitions  

Tuesday February 6, 2018 | 5-8:00pm | Moray TrustGeorgetown, Guyana

Guyanese-American curator Grace Aneiza Ali, member of the Queen’s College Alumni Association of New York (QCAANY), speaks about her profession. Likely to appeal to artists, photographers as well as budding curators and those with an interest in art. All are welcome.



Juror | State of the Union exhibition 

January 31 – March 1, 2018 | Memorial Union Gallery at North Dakota State UniversityFargo, ND

One year after the election of President Trump, artists reflect on the values, priorities and identity of the United States in this juried exhibition. Grace Aneiza Ali of New York University juried the show.



Liminal Space Fête | Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fundraiser

Friday November 17, 2017 | 6:30-8:30pm | Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora InstituteNew York, NY

The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Association (New York) invite you to celebrate Liminal Space, the stunning exhibition of artists of Guyanese heritage who explore their experiences of migration. To complement the exhibition’s vibrant themes, guests will enjoy a tasting of Guyana’s globally-influenced cuisine, specially created by Guyanese-born chef Marilyn Lawrie-Rogers of Sister’s Cuisine in Harlem. All of the proceeds will go towards our Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund. [View: The Guyana Issue]


Speaker | ArtTable’s 2017 Career Development Roundtable 

Friday November 17, 2017 | 9:00am-Noon | Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY

Through open and engaged conversations around tables, emerging young professionals have the opportunity to meet ArtTable members, and others, who are experts in their fields for candid discussions about different career paths and opportunities. Chat with Grace Aneiza Ali and Tess Thackara from Artsy about how to break into the arts publishing world.


Moderator | Visually Speaking: MFON & the Women Photographers of the African Diaspora

Wednesday November 1, 2017 | Brooklyn Public LibraryBrooklyn, NY

This edition of Visually Speaking will delve into the stunning imagery of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, a new and important journal focusing on women image makers who celebrate, document life & the surrounding visual culture as seen through their individual cameras in the challenging moments of the contemporary. Join us as MFON’s co-founders, award-winning photographers and super dynamic duo, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and Delphine Fawundu, speak with Grace Aneiza Ali for what will be an enlightening evening.


Moderator | Reel Impact: Crown Heights  

Tuesday October 10, 2017 | 7:00pm | Brooklyn Academy of MusicBrooklyn, NY

On April 10, 1980, a shot rang out on the streets of Crown Heights, igniting a decades-long quest for justice. In this harrowing true story, Colin Warner (played with heartbreaking sincerity by Lakeith Stanfield) is arrested, tried, and convicted of a crime he did not commit, falling victim to a deeply broken system that refuses to listen. Writer-director Matt Ruskin worked closely with the real Warner to shed light on this painful personal story and horrifying systemic issue. Post-screening panel discussion moderated by Grace Aneiza Ali.


Speaker | Indenture Abolition Centenary Conference 

October 6-7, 2017 |  SAS Central London, UK

In collaboration with the Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies at the University of Warwick, the Centre for Postcolonial Studies hosts this two-day international conference at Senate House in London to mark the centenary of the abolition of indenture in the British Empire. Montreal-based geographer Nalini Mohabir and New York City-based curator Grace Aneiza Ali will engage in conversation on how their respective scholarship and curatorial work on the visual respond to the history of indentureship. [View: The Immigrant Issue]


Curator | Liminal Space exhibition

Up through October, 2017 | Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora InstituteNew York, NY

Migration is perhaps the defining movement of our time — for both the ones who leave and the ones left behind. Curated by OF NOTE founder and curator Grace Aneiza Ali, Liminal Space brings together artists of Guyanese heritage, who via photography, painting, sculpture, installation, video, textile and mixed-media, bear witness to what drives one from their homeland as well as what keeps one psychically tethered to it. “Liminal” from the Latin word limens means “threshold”— a place of transition, waiting, and unknowing. [View: The Guyana Issue]


Speaker | Art Talk: Mothering Lands   

Tuesday September 26, 2017 | 6:00pm | Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora InstituteNew York, NY

Liminal Space artists Keisha Scarville and Christie Neptune will join curator Grace Aneiza Ali in a conversation on how their photography engages mother-daughter relationships to illustrate the migration experiences of Guyanese women. Scarville and Neptune will share how through their photography practices they find ways of understanding their immigrant mothers and how their work also speaks to timely universal issues around women, migration, and labor. [View: The Guyana Issue]


Speaker | Art Talk: How to Build a House on Stilts   

Wednesday August 23, 2017 | 6:00pm | Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora InstituteNew York, NY

Liminal Space artists Kwesi Abbensetts and Andrew Lyght will join curator Grace Aneiza Ali in a conversation on how their work invokes Guyana’s architectural landscape. Both artists reference the stick-frame wooden houses on stilts that are quintessential to the visual identity of Guyana. In this conversation, they will share how they are inspired to use these structures as symbols in their work, how these houses on stilts serve as remnants of colonial and postcolonial power in Guyana, as well as how as architectural artefacts, they stand the passage of time. GENERAL ADMISSION: Free with RSVP, suggested donation is $5.00 [View: The Guyana Issue]


Speaker | Art Talk: All That Glitters is El Dorado  

Saturday July 25, 2017 | 6:00pm | Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora InstituteNew York, NY

‘Liminal Space’ artists Damali Abrams, Victor Davson, and Suchitra Mattai will join curator Grace Aneiza Ali in a conversation on how their work invokes Guyana’s history and mythology – such as the mythical city of gold, El Dorado. They will also speak about the significance of the materials they use to explore fantasy, folklore, carnival, masquerade, and Hindu and Voodoo religious practices, which involve glitter and gold as adornments of ritual space. GENERAL ADMISSION: Free with RSVP, register here. Suggested donation is $5.00 [View: The Guyana Issue]



Opening Reception: Liminal Space 

Saturday June 17, 2017 | 3:00 – 5:00pm | Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora InstituteNew York, NY

Join us for the opening of our Liminal Space exhibition curated by OF NOTE founder and curator Grace Aneiza Ali. Migration is perhaps the defining movement of our time — for both the ones who leave and the ones left behind. Liminal Space brings together artists of Guyanese heritage, who via photography, painting, sculpture, installation, video, textile and mixed-media, bear witness to what drives one from their homeland as well as what keeps one psychically tethered to it. “Liminal” from the Latin word limens means “threshold”— a place of transition, waiting, and unknowing. [View: The Guyana Issue]


50in50: Writing Women Into Existence

Sunday May 14, 2017 | 3:00 – 5:00pm | The Billy Holiday TheatreBrooklyn, NY

Join us for a groundbreaking event that places the diverse, rich and challenging perspectives of women and girls from all walks of life at the center. These stories will be read by an ensemble of women performers in an astounding 90-minute journey of truth, humor and strength.  Grace Aneiza Ali’s essay, “Storms,” will be read. [View: The Girls Issue]



Guest Lecture | Empower Hour  

Tuesday April 18, 2017 | 11:30am – 1:00pm | NYU Tandon School of EngineeringNew York

Join Office of Student Activities and Resource Center once a month during the spring semester as we discuss the influence of gender roles in our daily lives. April’s Empower Hour session will feature presentations from Yomi Abola and Grace Aneiza Ali. [View: The Girls Issue]




Guest Lecture | Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man”: Re-visited, Re-applied, & Re-purposed  

Thursday April 6, 2017 | 6:00pm | NYU Florence Villa La PietraFlorence, Italy

“Invisible Man” is only the beginning. The collected essays in “Shadow and Act” and “Going to the Territory,” by Ellison, offers a rich perspective with historical significance for the discussants to consider Ellison’s cultural criticism and how he conceptualized art as an “aspect of morality.” Ellison often talked about the “complexity of the Negro experience.” It is this complexity that serves as a foundation of exploration for us all. With Grace Aneiza Ali.


Moderator | Women in Photography and Film 

Wednesday March 1, 2017 | 6:30 – 8:30pm | International Center of Photography SchoolNew York, NY

Join us for a discussion about, with, and in support of women working in photography and film with ICP alumni Maria Burns, Nadia Hallgren, and Mae Ryan. This program will be moderated by producer, editor, and curator Grace Aneiza Ali. [View: The Girls Issue]



Guest Lecture | the caribbean digital III

Friday December 2, 2016 | 9:00am – 7:30pm | Columbia UniversityNew York, NY 

Over the course of this day of multiform panel presentations, we will reflect on the challenges and opportunities presented by the media technologies that evermore intensely reconfigure the social, historical, and geo-political contours of the Caribbean and its diasporas. Grace Aneiza Ali will be presenting on Un | Fixed Homeland. [View: The Guyana Issue]


Moderator | Women Picturing Revolution

Wednesday November 16, 2016 | 7:00 – 9:30pm | International Center of PhotographyNew York, NY 

Against the backdrop of ongoing chaos, women are documenting wars, conflicts, crises, and revolutions, in both private realms and public spaces. Featuring contemporary image makers in conversation, the Women Picturing Revolution panel will examine not only these photographs, but also the conditions under which women make such compelling images. In dialogue with photographers who engage these issues, the panel will aim to reclaim and retell a history that is both radical and necessary. Grace Aneiza Ali will be moderating. [View: The Girls Issue]


Speaker | First Person Plural: Writers Respond to the Presidential Election

Tuesday November 15, 2016 | 7:00 – 9:00pm | Shrine World Music Venue – New York , NY

On Tuesday, November 15th, FPP will focus on the 2016 presidential election. As in: what just happened? We have a fantastic lineup of writers to help us make sense of – or complicate further – what has been a wild and wrenching year: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin; Grace Aneiza Ali; Hafizah Geter; Max S. Gordon; Hajar Husseini; Morgan Jerkins; and Chris Prioleau. We want to hear from you, too. Audience participation will be part of this program.


Speaker | Transition 121: Readings from Childhood

Monday November 7, 2016 | 7:00pm | Harvard Book Store – Cambridge, MA

Join Transition magazine at the Harvard Book Store for the launch of issue 121 “Childhood.”  In issue 121, authors consider symbolic and ideological deployments of black childhood and explore children’s lived experiences—from 19th century Yorubaland, to 1920s France, to present day Colombia, South Africa, and the United States. In addition, the issue features the photo-based work of several Guyanese artists exploring the theme of “homeland” curated by Grace Aneiza Ali. [View: The Guyana Issue]


Guest Lecture | Imagining the Guyanas: Ecologies of Memory and Movement

October 27-29, 2016 | University of London London, United Kingdom

This conference seeks to engage the landscapes of memory as they are intertwined with the politics and ecologies of place and movement.  Grace Aneiza Ali will be presenting on Un | Fixed Homeland, an exhibition featuring 13 inter-generational artists of Guyanese heritage exploring migration and the diaspora. [View: The Guyana Issue]



Moderator | Visually Speaking: James Barnor

Monday October 3, 2016 | 7:00pm | Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – New York, NY 

James Barnor is credited with documenting two iconic times in history and being an advocate of diversifying the field of photography.  His photographs documented the transition of Ghana to an independent country, and portrayed Britain’s transition to a multicultural society in the 60s. Barnor will share his visual ethos and discuss the critically-acclaimed retrospective solo exhibition of his works, Ever Young. This discussion will be moderated by Grace Ali.


Un | Fixed: A Dinner Party

Saturday, September 24, 2016 | 6:00pm | Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art – Newark, NJ

Join us at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art for a private dinner party to celebrate “Un | Fixed Homeland,” which features 13 emerging and established global artists of Guyanese heritage who examine the complex relationship to “homeland” through photography and photography-based art. In this intimate event, guests dine in the gallery among the exhibition’s artwork and enjoy both traditional and nouveau Guyanese cuisine, specially prepared by Guyanese-born chef Marilyn Lawrie-Rogers, to complement the exhibition’s vibrant themes.  [View: The Guyana Issue]


Speaker | Un | Fixed Homeland presented by Curator Grace Aneiza Ali 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 | 6:30 – 8:00pm | Independent Curators InternationalNew York, NY

Curatorial Intensive alum Grace Aneiza Ali will speak about the development and curatorial thinking behind her latest exhibition, Un | Fixed Homeland, which brings together thirteen emerging and established Guyanese artists who examine the complex relationship to “homeland.” Ali developed her exhibition during the course of the Curatorial Intensive in Fall 2014.  [View: The Guyana Issue]


Speaker | Un | Fixed Homeland Artist Talk and Film Screening

Saturday, July 30, 2016 | 2:00 – 4:00pm | Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art – Newark, NJ 

Join us for an artist talk with Kwesi Abbensetts and guest curator Grace Aneiza Ali in conversation and a screening of the short film, “The Seawall” by filmmaker Mason Richards. New York-based artist Kwesi Abbensetts will present a talk on the use of his personal photographs of Guyana and his creative process to create the new mixed-media work, Pieces of Land, From Where I Have Come, 2016 for the exhibition Un | Fixed Homeland. He will join guest curator, Grace Aneiza Ali for a conversation on the exhibition’s larger themes of how artists unpack the global realities of migration. [View: The Guyana Issue]


Opening Reception: Un | Fixed Homeland

Sunday, July 17, 2016 | 2:00 – 5:00pm | Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art – Newark, NJ

Un | Fixed Homeland brings together an inter-generational roster of thirteen emerging and established Guyanese artists who, via photography and photography-based art, examine the complex relationship to “homeland.” The exhibition’s title reflects the emergence of the Caribbean diaspora in metropolitan cities around the world and speaks to what has become the defining global movement of the 21st century – migration. [View: The Guyana Issue]


Guest Lecture | Items: Is Fashion Modern? | Abecedarium at MoMA

Monday, May 16, 2016 |9:30am – 6:15pm | Museum of Modern ArtNew York, NY

Twenty-six iconic garments, accessories, and issues from the fashion universe, spanning the early 20th century to the present, will be discussed in a daylong abecedarium. A dynamic roster of designers, curators, critics, scholars, labor activists, and entrepreneurs will explore these topics — one for each letter of the alphabet — in seven minute vignettes. Grace Aneiza Ali will be discussing V = Veil.  [View: The Burqa Issue]


The Art of the Burqa: An Afternoon of Art, Performance, and Dialogue 

Sunday March 6, 2016 | 3:00 – 5:00pm | Pen and BrushNew York, NY

Join OF NOTE Magazine’s featured artists and writers from The Burqa Issue as they explore how deeply complex the burqa is in all its beauty, contradictions, and failures. Co-hosted with Pen + Brush and the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. Event is free and open to the public. RSVP required. [View: The Burqa Issue]



Guest Lecture | Smoke and Mirrors: Restitution and the Temporal Black Body

May 28-31 2015 | New York UniversityFlorence, Italy 

Grace Aneiza Ali examines the archival collection, “Stanley Field Expedition to British Guiana in 1922,” owned by the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois. This American scientific collection is a significant contribution to the developing photographic history of Guyana. These images lend insight into the intersecting histories, cultural dynamics, and racial tensions between Afro and Indo Guyanese. They articulate how black and brown bodies are bonded in their complex relationships to the politics of migration. [View: The Guyana Issue]


Speaker | A Conversation on Photography in Ethiopia and Guyana

Tuesday April 28, 2015 | 6:30 – 8:00pm | Independent Curators International – New York, NY 

Curator of the Addis Foto Fest, Aida Muluneh, forges new platforms to explore the ways in which the image of Africa is projected in the global world. Grace Aneiza Ali, a recent Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellow, explores how photographers in Guyana and its diaspora are countering the “picturing paradise” narrative the global public often sees of the Caribbean/South American region. Muluneh and Ali will engage in a conversation about photography in Ethiopia and Guyana. [View: The Guyana Issue]  


Guest Lecture | A Portrait of Migration in the Guyana Photographic Archive

Saturday April 25, 2015 | Colby CollegeWaterville, ME

A talk examining a selection of portraits from the Colonial Office Photographic Collection (British Guiana, 1870-1931) found at the National Archives, London. These posed portraits of Chinese and East Indian immigrants unearth the underbelly of the indentured experience in Guyana and underscore the relationship between photography and migration. [View: The Guyana Issue]


Life in Prison: Artists Bear Witness 

Thursday November 13, 2014 |6:00pm | MISTNew York, NY

The Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University and OF NOTE host a conversation with three dynamic artists who use their creative voice to examine the complex experiences, both personal and political, faced by the two million men, women, and youth currently imprisoned in the United States. [View: The Imprisoned Issue]



Guest Lecture | Contemporary Caribbean Visual Culture: Artistic Visions of Global Citizenship

Wednesday June 12, 2014 | University of BirminghamBirmingham, United Kingdom

The Caribbean Visual Culture conference explores some of the key thematic priorities and political challenges which have begun to define Caribbean visual culture since the beginning of the twenty first century. The conference will address the cultural predicaments staged in the visual cultures of the English, Spanish, French and Dutch Caribbean.OF NOTE’s Grace Aneiza Ali speaks on “Guyana Family Photographs: Agents of Social Memory and Citizenship.” [View: The Guyana Issue]  


Moderator | Visually Speaking: A Worldview from Guyana

Thursday April 24, 2014 | 6:30pm| Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureNew York, NY 

Many contemporary depictions of Guyana and its people—whether via the image or the written word—continue to center on the exotic, the colonial, and the touristic. Award-winning photographers and Artists OF NOTE, Nikki Kahn and Keisha Scarville, will share their artistic visions and portfolios and explore their ongoing work to tell Guyana’s stories and to counter historic and contemporary stereotypes about the former British colony and its wide-reaching Diaspora. [View: The Guyana Issue]


Speaker | Cultural Identity: Mosaic or Melting Pot?

Saturday April 12, 2014 | 9:00am | Lycée Français de New York – New York, NY 

A discussion of cultural identity in a globalized society.  What does it mean to be multicultural, and what challenges does it pose for society? How do we support expatriate and immigrant children to thrive in the environment of a new country? How do we educate our children and our communities to prevent discrimination? With Grace Aneiza Ali, Founder and Editorial Director, OF NOTE.


Moderator | Film Screening: GIRL RISING

Thursday March 13, 2014 | 6:30pm | Center for Worker Education  — New York, NY

Girl RisingGirl Rising journeys around the globe to witness nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice. Post-screening panel featuring Grace Aneiza Ali, Editorial Director of OF NOTE, photographer Zoraida Lopez, and artist Andrea Arroyo. Co-sponsored with The Center for Worker Education at The City College of New York. [View: The Girls Issue]  
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